Review: Battlefield 3


By Neil Nisperos

I don’t think there’s any shooter out right now that can surpass the
detail and depth of gameplay delivered by DICE’s new Battlefield 3.

While the solo-mode suffers from a rather boring and
uninvolving plot, the graphics and play are truly stunning and keep you
coming back for more.
But it’s the multi-player mode that serves the real meat and potatoes of this game and it’s well worth the price of admission.

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Teaser Trailer: Command & Conquer Generals 2

Electronic Arts and Bioware revealed Saturday that Command & Conquer Generals 2 will be released for the PC in 2013.

Strategy game fans may remember the first Generals game, which was released in 2003. The game let players control the military forces of the United States and China as well as the “Global Liberation Army.” Given that the GLA was obviously an analog for al Qaida, I remember being kind of surprised that there was not more controversy surrounding that release.

Here’s a bit from from EA’s announcement of the new game:

In Command & Conquer Generals 2,
world leaders are mere seconds away from signing a peace treaty and
bringing an end to a global war when a devastating terrorist attack rips
through the conference, killing everyone in attendance, leaving only
the world’s military superpowers in control. It’s up to you to assume
their roles, take command of their forces and conquer global terrorism
once and for all. Players will take control of three unique factions in a
thrilling single-player campaign, and with friends online in
cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes.

And here’s the short trailer:

Trailer: Touch My Katamari

I don’t think “Touch My Katamari”is a double-entendre, but then again, I don’t speak Japanese.

Nonetheless, readers can rest assured that the trailer for Touch My Katamari, a forthcoming title for the PlayStation Vita, is safe for work.

Fans of the Katamari series would of course recognize the K-word and may know that the first game in the series, Katamari Damacy, made’s list of games that deserve to be regarded as modern art.

Touch My Katamari is scheduled to be released Feb. 21.

Review: Forza Motorsport 4


Forza Motorsport 4 is, quite simply, a lovely game.

The latest racing offering from Turn 10 Studios and Microsoft Studios, Forza Motorsport 4 is one of the most visually appealing games to appear on the XBox 360 console. From the scenic vistas of the game’s Bernese Alps track to the detail applied to each of the vehicles, Forza Motorsport 4 is a game that is wonderful to look at, but more importantly, boasts smooth controls and a variety of customization options that make it fun to play.

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Cable box? Microsoft says “Xbox”

Troy Wolverton at the San Jose Mercury News has a worthwhile article on Microsoft’s plans to market the XBox 360 as consumers’ go-to source for on-demand media:

Through a software update
available Tuesday, users will get access to a swath of new digital
entertainment content, including video channels from the likes of
YouTube, HBO and Epix, and digital music from iHeartRadio. Subscribers
to Comcast’s pay television service will be able to access all of the
company’s on-demand video via the Xbox.

The software update will
also include a universal search feature that will allow users to search
for movies and other content across various digital content providers.
And it will let owners use Microsoft’s Kinect accessory to navigate the
entire Xbox interface. Previously, users could access only a handful of
functions through Kinect.

In other words, Microsoft – as well as Sony and Nintendo – will be competing not only with each other, but cable companies as technology advances. Expect Nintendo’s Wii U, Sony’s (presumed) PlayStation 4 and whatever Microsoft calls its next console to have even more features designed to make their consoles have even more multimedia functions.

The San Jose Mercury News is The Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin’s sister paper.

Review: Lord of the Rings – War in the North (X360)


War in the North takes players back to Middle Earth to fight evil while Frodo and company head to Mordor to destroy the One Ring. Taking place in the North, would-be adventurers will play their part in stemming the tide of darkness waiting to erupt from the cold, wintry holds there.
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